Furniture

Below you’ll find the free furniture plans and expert advice you need to get going on your next endeavor. From outdoor furniture plans, to mission, bedroom, patio, rustic and more – Popular Woodworking has built its name by providing some of the best woodworking projects available anywhere online. Take a peek at the projects and ideas below, and challenge yourself to build something new.

Risom round coffee table

Risom Coffee Table

Editor’s note: The measured drawings for the Risom coffee table in this article by Michael Crow are similar to the shop drawings included in Crow’s new book, “Mid-Century Modern Furniture.” The book presents shop drawings and techniques for creating 29 projects designed by some of the era’s foremost designers, including Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, George...

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Moravian Stool

This traditional, lightweight stool is an excellent first step toward chairmaking. (Click on the step photos to enlarge them.) by Christopher Schwarz One highlight of a visit to historic Old Salem in North Carolina is the beautiful Moravian furniture and woodwork in the village’s buildings. My favorite piece in the town is a small...

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Furniture DNA

This article is excerpted and abridged from the Winter 2010 issue of Woodwork Magazine. Lost in thought, I stood in the grocery store checkout line, with the design for a table desk on my mind. To be frank, I was frustrated with my design efforts in general, because they were bounded by rules that...

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Greene & Greene Frame

Advance copies of “Popular Woodworking’s Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects, 2nd Edition” recently showed up on my desk. The book looks fantastic – a good update of a collection that was a favorite among readers for years. This expanded version features 17 additional pieces (42 projects in all).  Here’s an excerpt by Robert W. Lang on creating...

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Shaker Trestle Table

The following is excerpted from a new book, Furniture Fundamentals: Tables, in which you’ll find collected many of the best table projects published in Popular Woodworking. You’ll find the full step-by-step instructions for this Glen D. Huey piece in the book, but the measured drawings below are an excellent place to begin. I’ve built...

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Shaker-Inspired Bench

The following is excerpted from a new book, “Furniture Fundamentals: Chairs & Benches,” in which you’ll find collected many of the best seating projects published in Popular Woodworking. You’ll find the full step-by-step  instructions for this Robert W. Lang piece in the book, but the measured drawings below are an excellent place to begin....

A late 15th-century aumbry in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Meet the Aumbry (You Know its Grandkids)

  When it comes to understanding the history of furniture, I think John Gloag put it best when he wrote: “Nearly all articles of free-standing furniture are variations on two basic shapes: a platform or a box.” (“A Social History of Furniture Design: From B.C. 1300 to A.D. 1960” pp. 3-4, Crown) Platforms include:...

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Butterfly Inlay

Butterfly Inlay Make a perfect fit with a shop-made template. By Tom Caspar Don’t you just love it when something that looks extremely difficult turns out to be oh-so easy? Making butterfly inlay with a plunge router is a good example. The technique is very easy to learn. All it takes is a set...